Visitor Numbers Continue To Show Toll Of COVID-19

Improvement Over April and May, Though

Associated Press
August 09, 2020 - 2:46 pm

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourism officials marked another index of the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, reporting that about 1 million people visited the Las Vegas area during June.

The numbers were definitely a bright spot compared to April and May, when hotel/casinos were closed in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronvirus. Still, the visitation was down 70.5% from the same month a year ago.

A monthly economic report from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority noted that casinos were closed for 78 days before reopening four days into the month. It said that with large gatherings banned to prevent the spread of COVID-19, convention attendance was zero.

Some Las Vegas resorts remain closed, and the report put occupancy of the more than 95,000 rooms available after properties were allowed to open June 4 at only about 41%.